Latimeria chalumnae

Latimeria chalumnae

Birdman
In 1938, a miraculous discovery was made in South Africa. Marjorie Latimer, curator of the East London Mueseum found a strange and unknown fish in a local fisherman's catch pile. She contacted Professor J.L.B. Smith who Identified it as a coelacanth, a fish previously thought to be extinct. The modern coelacanth, genus latimeria, lives on deep reef shelves off the coast of South Africa, the Comoros Islands, and Indonesia (a seperate species, Latimeria mendanosis). There, it hides in caves during the day, and comes out to hunt small fish at night. It is a member of the Sarcopterygian family of fish, carachterized by thier fleshy, muscular fins. Scientists believe that a Sarcopterygiian was the anscestor of all land vertabrates. #africa #animal #birdman #coelacanth #comoros #fin #fish #fossil #indonesia #latimeria #living #prehistoric #reef #sarcopterygii
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